flout

[flout]
verb (used with object)
1.
to treat with disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff at; mock: to flout the rules of propriety.
verb (used without object)
2.
to show disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff, mock, or gibe (often followed by at ).
noun
3.
a disdainful, scornful, or contemptuous remark or act; insult; gibe.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English flouten to play the flute; compare Dutch fluiten to play the flute, jeer

flouter, noun
floutingly, adverb
unflouted, adjective

flaunt, flout (see usage note at flaunt).


See flaunt.
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flout (flaʊt)
 
vb (when intr, usually foll by at)
to show contempt (for); scoff or jeer (at)
 
[C16: perhaps from Middle English flouten to play the flute, from Old French flauter compare Dutch fluiten; see flute]
 
 
'flouter
 
n
 
'floutingly
 
adv

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flout
1550s, perhaps a special use of M.E. flowten "to play the flute" (cf. M.Du. fluyten "to play the flute," also "to jeer"). Related: Flouted; flouting.
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Example sentences
Your nav system knows where you are, your wipers know it's raining, that annoying seat-belt chime knows you're flouting the law.
If the past is any guide, however, each side will soon feel the other is flouting the statement.
For too long, these gangs have gone unchecked, flouting our laws and demonstrating a blatant disregard for public safety.
These are robbers rejected by their communities for flouting established traditions but envied for their exploits.
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